Tuesday, August 4, 2020

04 Aug 2020 - Isaiah 16

04 Aug 2020 - Isaiah 16

The devil is great at sneaking in through open doors.  He wants us to think we can make it on our own – “These rules don’t really apply to you,” “You can get away with this,” and that we can live according to our own wisdom, being righteous in our own eyes.

When the Moabites rebelled against Israel by refusing to pay annual tribute, they obviously felt they were above the consequences.  In His mercy, God warned them that they were in fact, like a wandering bird thrown from the nest – directionless, weak, confused and vulnerable.  He called them proud.  And when we are proud, we have come into alignment with a lie about ourselves, about others, and about God.  I remember once I was taking worship. I thought my walk with God was fine, but in my heart I was proud and thought I was above any consequences of even minor compromise. During the worship God showed me a picture.  It was colourful but blurry, like looking through stained glass.  He told me that I thought I could see, but the reality was I couldn’t.  I was spiritually blind.  Yikes!  God always gives us the opportunity to get right with Him when we repent.

Jesus came to give us life, and life to the full (John 10:10).  This is more than just nice airy-fairy sentiments – it is truth.  And when we let His truth permeate our being in every area, our relationship grows as we get to know Him more.  There are so many good things He wants to show us!  He has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5) but it is up to us to choose how connected we want to be with Him, how much of His truth we are going to allow to change us. 

Are there any areas of your life where you know you have allowed yourself to align with the enemy?  Are you being truthful with yourself about God’s perspective?  Get it right now, and move on.  Don’t miss out on the exciting things He has for you by holding onto attitudes that are destructive!

You can pray now:
Lord, I am sorry for……  Please forgive me and wash me clean.  Renew my mind and help me have your perspective.   In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 



Saturday, August 1, 2020

01 Aug 2020 - Pride

1 Aug, Sat
Isaiah 14:1-17

In this passage it speaks first of the deliverance of Israel (vv.1-2). The next part speaks of God's judgment of Babylon and Babylon's downfall (vv.3-12). Before returning to the downfall of Babylon, it speaks of the fall of a greater power, Lucifer (vv.13-15), the fallen Archangel, who before his fall was the worship leader in heaven. Since his fall he is known as Satan.

Why did Isaiah connect Babylon with Lucifer? The answer lies with what is common- both fell from glory and power and the reason for their judgement and fall is one primary thing, PRIDE.

Pride is darkness. Where pride is at full maturity there is only room for one, self. Everyone else means nothing. Even God has no room in one's heart that is filled with pride. Pride makes one think the whole universe revolves around him. Isaiah uses Satan as the epic example of pride. Pride at its fullness thinks he is God.

Guard your heart against pride. Hear the warning in Isaiah against Babylon. When one is proud he becomes not just enemy with others, but ultimately with God. James 4:6 tells us God opposes the proud. This is the idea that God is enemy to the proud. This is what happened to Babylon and Lucifer.

Pride is always knocking at the door of our hearts. You find it knocking at our hearts when we are successful, powerful, rich, good looking .... and even when we pray better or know the Bible better. Can you identify when pride is knocking at your heart? If you don't hear it knocking you are in trouble, it is probably in your heart already. The right response to pride in our lives is always recognising pride and repenting.

And from there, we will always need to consciously work to keep pride as far as possible. How do we do it? Keeping God and His words in our hearts. Prayerfulness.

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize where my heart is most prone to allow pride to enter. Fill my heart with your presence and words so that I know who you are, who others are and who I am, so that I worship you and become a servant to others just as you did on earth. Amen